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Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer

We give this Hamilton Beach 12-cup Deep Fryer a star star star star rating.

The Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer has a generous 12 cups available for cooking food. The basket can be manipulated safely with the lid in place. The power cord is magnetic and breaks away in case the fryer gets bumped or moved.

A handy indicator light lets you know when the oil is ready for cooking.

The unit is simple to put together and take apart for cleaning. The heating element is immersed in the oil, bringing it to the right temperature as quickly as possible.

A built in digital timer makes it easy to keep track of your cooking. This fryer is perfect for making onion rings, chicken wings, vegetables and anything else you care to fry.

Positive Features

hamilton beach deep fryer The Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer has a nice deep basket. The food fries up quickly so it doesn't have time to get greasy. The sides are well insulated, keeping the outside from getting too hot.

The price is pretty reasonable.

There are safety features built in, such as the breakaway power cord and the ability to move the basket in and out of the oil without removing the lid.

You can choose different settings for your fryer. The fryer is easy to use and to clean. It uses less oil than some of the larger fryers out there.


The Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer is too small unless you are only cooking for a couple of people. The outer housing gets pretty hot if you're not careful.

The temperature does not show anywhere. The fryer only lets you choose between four temperatures: 300, 325, 350 and 375.

The glass window is pretty useless. It fogs up with condensation during cooking so you couldn't check how the food looks if you wanted to without lifting the lid.

The magnetic cord is short and can come disconnected very easily from the fryer, making it turn off. Stronger magnets would be an improvement.


  • 12 cup capacity
  • Basket can be raised and lowered while lid is safely in place
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to clean
  • Breakaway power cord
  • Indicator lights let you know when oil is hot
  • Basket is dishwasher safe
  • Immersed heating elements heat oil quickly
  • Built in digital timer
  • Built in viewing window


The Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer is fine for one or two people. It heats quickly and fries nicely. Food comes out crisp and hot. This is a great basic deep fryer.

If you have a larger family or need better control of your temperature, you may want to look at a more specialized unit.

This fryer is easy to clean and take care of. Don't bother about the viewing window... it is useless during cooking because it is covered in condensation. You can put the basket right in the dishwasher for cleaning.

If you like battered foods, you'll need to learn the technique of floating your food in the oil until a light crust forms on the batter, preventing it from sticking to the basket. This is a more dangerous technique, so it should not be done by kids or anyone who is leery of working with hot oil.

Overall, if you are new to deep frying this unit will probably serve you just fine. If you want more from your fryer, look at the more professional level fryers on the market.

At the time of writing this review Amazon had this deep fryer priced at $54.99.

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